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Heal Cuts, Scrapes, Scratches and Bruises Naturally

300-heal-cutsSummer has come and gone. In the midst of fall we find ourselves frantically rushing about getting ready for work and/or school to pick up again at the steady pace that once left us yearning for the vacation time we enjoyed only weeks before. During this time it is likely we may pick up a few scrapes or cuts or be avoiding previous ones that are now becoming infected. The widespread use of antibiotics has given rise to strains of bacteria that are highly resistant to most conventional drugs. This fall, heal your ailments the all-natural way. Find a list of natural remedies:

Cuts, Scrapes and Scratches

  • Apply a drop or two of lavender oil directly to the wound, always after it is cleaned.
  • Cayenne pepper can be used on minor scrapes and scratches for quick relief, but never on open wounds. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which helps speed healing and blocks pain messages to the brain. Wipe off when pain is lessened.
  • To help kill bacteria and speed healing, sprinkle on granulated sugar. Smear petroleum jelly around outside of wound to help hold sugar in place. Apply 1-2 times daily.
  • An aloe vera plant is a living first – aid kit. Break off a leaf and squeeze gel directly onto affected area. Aloe vera seals injury, relieves pain and provides quicker healing. Reapply 3-4 times daily.
  • Calendula ointment and/or 20 drops of Calendula tincture and 20 drops of Hypericum tincture diluted in four ounces of water. Apply 2-3 times daily.
  • Limes have been proven to have an antibiotic effect and can kill bacteria. In West Africa they were used to protect against the bacterial disease, Cholera.
  • St. Johns Wort has capabilities to help heal wounds.
  • Chamomilla has an overall soothing effect, relieves pain and prevents infections.
  • Echinacea has been proven to help heal bacterial infections.

Bruises

  • Treat with compresses soaked in cool water, spiked with the essential oil helichrysum or Lavender oil. This reduces swelling, controls bleeding under the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • For severe bruising, apply several drops of undiluted helichrysum directly to bruise several times a day. Follow with a cold-water compress for ten minutes containing eight to ten drops of helichrysum, then use ice compress.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C, which builds collagen (skin tissue), around blood vessels in the skin.
  • Use a dose of Arnica Montana or try a cream or tincture made from arnica. Dried flower heads of this plant contain a chemical compound that promotes healing.
  • Use a sage tea compress.

Always see a medical professional if the cut is very dirty, bleeding profusely, in a place where you want to avoid a permanent scar (face etc.), large, open or needs stitches, or becoming infected with redness or pus.
To avoid allergic reaction to any essential oil always test with a cotton swap on inside of wrist or inner elbow. Cover for 24 hours.

References:

  1. Gottlieb, Bill (editor). New Choices in Natural Healing. Rodale Press, Inc. Pennsylvania, 1995.
  2. Murray, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Atria Books, New York. 2005.
  3.  Carlton, Hanna (editor). The Complete Guide to Natural Healing. International Masters Publishers. Pittsburg.
  4. Carper, Jean. Miracle Cures 1st Edition: Dramatic New Scientific Discoveries Revealing the Healing Pwers of Herbs, Vitamins, and Other Natural Remedies. HarperCollins books, New York. 1997.